If your eyes are red, dry, watery, swollen, itchy or blurry you might have an eye infection.
Eye infections are common occurrences and happen when bacteria, fungi and viruses come in contact with the eye or the area around the eye.
There are several different types of infections. Infections include:
· Pink Eye/ Conjunctivitis | This highly contagious eye infection is common in school and daycare settings.
· Keratitis | Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea and is commonly causes by injury or an infection. Bacterial, fungal and viral infections can cause keratitis.
· Trachoma | Hygiene and oral antibiotics help heal and control this infection. Trachoma infects the inner eyelid and then scars causing damage to the eye. The resulting damage to the cornea results in permanent blindness.
· Endophthalmitis | This serious infection that penetrates the interior of the eye and can result in blindness. It is caused by a penetrating eye injury or complications from cataract surgery.
Fortunately, most of these infections are treatable. Bacterial eye infections are usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or ointments. Viral eye infections usually run their course and heal themselves. For severe viral infections, antiviral eye drops may be prescribed.
The best case is to try and prevent infection all together. Wash your hands and avoid those who present with an eye infection. If you wear contact lenses, it is important to sterilize them before use and remove them at night before sleep. Wearing contacts overnight greatly increases your risk for infection.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above or suffer from recurring eye infections or discomforts, contact us today for an appointment—850.729.8713.
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